Best Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2: Tier List Ranking

by | Jan 20, 2022 | Weapons

Linear Fusion rifles finally received the much-needed buffs they deserved to finally become relevant again.

Linear Fusion Rifles were relegated to the background for too long, but with the increase to their precision damage, the top Linear Fusions, specially Sleeper Simulant, have become some of the best weapons in the game.

This guide covers every Linear Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2, including both Exotic and Legendary Linear Fusion rifles, as well as the best rolls for PVE and PVP.

Destiny 2 Linear Fusion Rifles Tier list

The Tier list below includes every Exotic and non-sunset legendary Linear Fusions in the game. It starts with the S Tier weapons and moves down from there. It also covers both PVE and PVP, with the “Excels in” column clearly identifying in what area each weapon shines:

NameWeaponsTypeArchetypeAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?RankSourceAvailable?Tier rankSource ❘ DLCFinal VerdictReleasedPerks
ArbalestDestiny 2 Arbalest art
Arbalest
Linear Fusion RifleExoticSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesS › BestExotic Engram
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires slugs that cause massive damage to enemy shields. Strong against Barrier Champions. Breaking an enemy's shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage."

► Able to deal with Anti-barrier champions and shielded enemies with ease (regardless of their elemental affinities), Arbalest is one of the best weapons for endgame content right now. It is so good, expect every Fireteam to have at least one Arbalest equipped.
Season 6
Slot: Kinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires slugs that cause massive damage to enemy shields. Strong against Barrier Champions. Breaking an enemy's shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage."
StormchaserStormchaser art
Stormchaser
Linear Fusion RifleAggressiveHeavyArcDeluxe EditionYesS › BestDuality Dungeon
Best

S



Excels in:
PvE
Duality Dungeon

Deluxe Edition
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Firing Line (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► The first linear fusion rifle to not be a Precision Frame, Stormchaser and its three-round burst is as unique as they are fun. And with S-Tier perk combinations like Rapid Hit + Firing Line, this already-strong linear fusion rifle easily competes with top picks like Reed's Regret.
Season 17
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Aggressive

PvP God Roll: Rapid Hit (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Firing Line (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Reed's RegretReed's Regret art
Reed's Regret
Linear Fusion RiflePrecisionHeavyStasisThe Witch QueenYesA › StrongTrials of Osiris
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE + PvP
Trials of Osiris

The Witch Queen
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Firing Line (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

► With best-in-class base stats, superior to my previous favorite legendary, Threaded Needle, Reed's Regret is the best legendary Linear Fusion in the game. It also offers an excellent PVE perk combination that no other Linear Fusion can offer: Triple Tap with Firing Line.
Season 15
Slot: Stasis Stasis | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Triple Tap (also good: Clown Cartridge) + Firing Line (also good: Vorpal Weapon)
Sleeper SimulantDestiny 2 Sleeper Simulant art
Sleeper Simulant
Linear Fusion RifleExoticHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Exotic Kiosk

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "The weapon's laser over penetrates enemies and refracts off hard surfaces."

► After spending years in the shadows, the recent buffs to Linear Fusion rifles have made Sleeper Simulant a strong DPS option once again. And it gets even better once you've unlocked its catalyst. Sleeper Simulant can deal with Majors and Bosses with ease, as long as you can hit your crits...
Season 3
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "The weapon's laser over penetrates enemies and refracts off hard surfaces."
Threaded NeedleThreaded Needle art
Threaded Needle
Linear Fusion RiflePrecisionHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesA › StrongUnobtainable
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvE
Unobtainable

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Clown Cartridge + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Dragonfly)

► With great base stats and even better perks, Threaded Needle used to be the best legendary Linear Fusion rifle in the game. But then Reed's Regret was released. Still, Threaded Needle is an excellent Linear Fusion and a no-brainer for content needing Void damage.
Season 13
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Clown Cartridge + Vorpal Weapon (also good: Dragonfly)
Lorentz DriverLorentz Driver art
Lorentz Driver
Linear Fusion RifleExoticSpecialVoidBeyond LightYesA › StrongExotic Kiosk
Strong

A



Excels in:
PvP
Exotic Kiosk

Beyond Light
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Final blows on marked targets generate telemetry patterns which, when picked up, grant bonus ability energy. Collecting 3 telemetry patterns without dying grants bonus damage for a long duration. Also, a precision final blow with this weapon creates an implosion that pulls in nearby targets and damages them with an additional detonation."

► While Bungie often delivers undercooked, underpowered Exotics, they did the exact opposite with Lorentz Driver. With best in class base stats and insane exotic perks, Lorentz Driver excels in both PVE and PVP. In fact, it has such high aim assist, it often manages kills that should not have happened in the Crucible...
Season 15
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Special ammo Destiny 2 Special | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Final blows on marked targets generate telemetry patterns which, when picked up, grant bonus ability energy. Collecting 3 telemetry patterns without dying grants bonus damage for a long duration. Also, a precision final blow with this weapon creates an implosion that pulls in nearby targets and damages them with an additional detonation."
CataclysmicCataclysmic art v2
Cataclysmic
Linear Fusion RiflePrecisionHeavySolarThe Witch QueenYesB › AverageVow of the Disciple Raid
Average

B



Excels in:
PvE
Vow of the Disciple Raid

The Witch Queen
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's The Charm + Focused Fury (also good: High-Impact Reserves)

► Cataclysmic is the first raid Linear Fusion we've gotten, and it wears that title with pride. Containing some of the best damage perks in the game, this weapon can pump out tons of total damage. That said, it is still simply outclassed by Reed's Regret.
Season 16
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Fourth Time's The Charm + Focused Fury (also good: High-Impact Reserves)
The QueenbreakerDestiny 2 The Queenbreaker art
The Queenbreaker
Linear Fusion RifleExoticHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageExotic Engram
Average

B



Exotic Engram

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a long-range precision Arc bolt that blinds enemies on hit. It has a slower charge time and deals greater damage."

► Previously amazing when invading in Gambit, The Queenbreaker has suffered from too many nerfs. And while it also benefited from the buff to Linear Fusions, there's no reason why anyone would choose it over Sleeper Simulant (or even a good legendary Linear Fusion).
Season 4
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Exotic

Exotic Perk: "Fires a long-range precision Arc bolt that blinds enemies on hit. It has a slower charge time and deals greater damage."
TarantulaTarantula art
Tarantula
Linear Fusion RiflePrecisionHeavyArcFree-to-PlayYesB › AverageWorld loot pool
Average

B



World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Dragonfly (also good: Rampage)

► Aside from an excellent range stat, Tarantula has offers mediocre base stats and perks. It's an overall decent weapon but you'll be better served with something else.
Season 13
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Feeding Frenzy + Dragonfly (also good: Rampage)
Corsair's Wrath
Corsair's Wrath
Linear Fusion RiflePrecisionHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesC › WeakXûr
Weak

C



Xûr

Free-to-Play
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + High-Impact Reserves

► Corsair's Wrath is difficult to recommend. It has the worst stats among Legendary Linear Fusion rifles, it offers average perks and requires you to play the extremely boring Wrathborn Hunts to farm...
Season 12
Slot: Solar Solar | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

PvE God Roll: Outlaw + High-Impact Reserves
Sailspy PitchglassSailspy Pitchglass art
Sailspy Pitchglass
Linear Fusion RiflePrecisionHeavyArcSeason 18YesOngoingSeasonal activityOngoing...

Seasonal activity
Season 18 icon
Season 18
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision



Season 18
Slot: Arc Arc | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

Taipan-4frTaipan-4fr art
Taipan-4fr
Linear Fusion RiflePrecisionHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesOngoingWorld loot poolOngoing...

World loot pool

Free-to-Play
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision



Season 18
Slot: Void Void | Ammo: Heavy ammo Destiny 2 Heavy | Archetype: Precision

These are the different Tier levels used for our list:

  • S Tier – Best: Highest ranking weapons in our Tier List.
  • A Tier – Strong: Very strong weapons, but not on the same level as S Tier Choices.
  • B Tier – Average: Decent choices that can be lethal in the hands of a skilled player.
  • C Tier – Weak: The middle of the pack, somewhat mediocre.
  • D Tier – Worst: Lagging behind the competition, these don’t have much to offer.

More Destiny 2 Tier lists:

Best Destiny 2 Linear Fusion Rifles in 2022

This section not only covers the top Linear Fusions currently in the game, it also tells you where you can find them. And while most of the sources below are self-explanatory, this guide covers every weapon source in Destiny 2. If still in doubt, you can always leave a comment below or ask away on our Discord server.

Overall, these are our Top 10 favorite Linear Fusions for PVE and PVP.

Threaded Needle Destiny 2 featured

5. Threaded Needle

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

With great base stats and even better perks, Threaded Needle used to be the best legendary Linear Fusion rifle in the game. But then Reed’s Regret was released. Still, Threaded Needle is an excellent Linear Fusion and a no-brainer for content needing Void damage.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Clown Cartridge
  • Perk 2: Vorpal Weapon) (also good: Dragonfly )

How to get it: Threaded Needle can be acquired by completing Battlegrounds and focusing Umbral engrams.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Threaded Needle artThreaded NeedleLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyVoidFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyVoid Void
Strong

A

PvEUnobtainable
Free-to-Play
Season 13HeavyNo

 

Reed's Regret Destiny 2 featured

4. Reed’s Regret

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

With best-in-class base stats, superior to my previous favorite legendary, Threaded Needle, Reed’s Regret is the best legendary Linear Fusion in the game. It also offers an excellent PVE perk combination that no other Linear Fusion can offer: Triple Tap with Firing Line.

It’s definitely too early to give Reed’s Regret a definitive review. After all, almost no one has it yet. That said, by looking at its stats and perks, we can already tell Reed’s is one of the best Legendary Linear Fusion rifles in the entire game.

With best-in-class base stats, Reed’s Regret also offers an excellent PVE perk combination that no other Linear Fusion can offer: Triple Tap with Firing Line. Coupled with the OP seasonal mod, Particle Deconstruction, Reed’s has the potential to be the absolute best DPS Legendary in the entire game.

PVE God roll:

  • Perk 1: Triple Tap (also good: Clown Cartridge)
  • Perk 2: Firing Line (also good: Vorpal Weapon)

How to get it: Reed’s Regret can be acquired via Trials of Osiris engrams and rank ups.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Reed's Regret artReed's RegretLinear Fusion RiflePrecisionLegendaryHeavyStasisThe Witch QueenYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavyStasis Stasis
Strong

A

PvE + PvPTrials of Osiris
The Witch Queen
Season 15HeavyNo

 

Lorentz Driver Destiny 2 featured

3. Lorentz Driver

Crucible logo Destiny 2Best PVP Linear Fusion in Destiny 2

While Bungie often delivers undercooked, underpowered Exotics, they did the exact opposite with Lorentz Driver. With best-in-class base stats and insane exotic perks, Lorentz Driver excels in both PVE and PVP. In fact, it has such high aim assist, it often manages kills that should not have happened in the Crucible…

Exotic Perk: “Final blows on marked targets generate telemetry patterns which, when picked up, grant bonus ability energy. Collecting 3 telemetry patterns without dying grants bonus damage for a long duration. Also, a precision final blow with this weapon creates an implosion that pulls in nearby targets and damages them with an additional detonation.”

How to get it: Lorentz Driver can be acquired from the Season Pass (either the paid or free track).

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Lorentz Driver artLorentz DriverLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialVoidBeyond LightYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialVoid Void
Strong

A

PvPExotic Kiosk
Beyond Light
Season 15EnergyNo

 

Arbalest Destiny 2 featured

2. Arbalest

Vanguard logo Destiny 2 Excels in PVE

Arbalest suffered when Lorentz Driver was released. Lorentz had better stats and a better exotic perk. Why would anyone use Arbalest at all? Then Arbalest received intrinsic Anti-barrier rounds, a Catalyst and it’s now one of the best weapons for endgame PVE in the entire game.

Exotic Perk: “Fires slugs that cause massive damage to enemy shields. Strong against Barrier Champions. Breaking an enemy’s shield with this weapon makes them more vulnerable to Kinetic damage.”

How to get it: Arbalest can be acquired via Exotic engrams or Xûr.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticSpecialKineticFree-to-PlayYesSpecial ammo Destiny 2 SpecialKinetic symbol Destiny 2 Kinetic
Best

S

PvEExotic Engram
Free-to-Play
Season 6KineticNo

 

Sleeper Simulant Destiny 2 featured linear fusion

1. Sleeper Simulant

Vanguard logo Destiny 2Best PVE Linear Fusion in Destiny 2

Few weapons have seen as many ups and downs as Sleeper Simulant. It dominated during the early days of the original Destiny and came back just as strong when it was released with the Warmind DLC. Eventually, significant nerfs and a stronger competition made it fall behind and virtually disappear from the Meta.

After spending over a year in the shadow of swords and grenade launchers, the buff to Linear Fusion rifles has made Sleeper Simulant one of the best DPS weapons in the entire game, and even more so if you have the catalyst: Sleeper Simulant can easily deal with Majors and Bosses with ease, as long as you can hit your crits…

Exotic Perk: “The weapon’s laser over penetrates enemies and refracts off hard surfaces.”

How to get it: Sleeper Simulant can be purchased at the Monument to Lost Lights in the Tower.

ArtWeaponTypeArchetypeRarityAmmoElementRequirementsIn loot pool?Ammo?Element?TierExcelsSourceAvailable?RequiresReleasedSlotCraftable?
Destiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantLinear Fusion RifleExoticExoticHeavySolarFree-to-PlayYesHeavy ammo Destiny 2 HeavySolar Solar
Strong

A

PvEExotic Kiosk
Free-to-Play
Season 3HeavyNo

Linear Fusion Rifles in PVP: TTK and Lethality

TTK (time-to-kill) is usually extremely important in PVP, because the lowest the TTK, the faster you can kill your opponent. You can read all about it in our TTK guide below.

This doesn’t apply to Power weapons, though, as most of them are one-hit-kill weapons. With TTK out of the picture, it all comes down to consistency and ease of use. For PVP, you want your Heavy weapon to be as reliable and consistent as possible. Linear Fusions are not too bad in that department due to their high aim assist, but they still require good timing and aim.

If you’re looking for a more forgiving weapon, a rocket launcher will be a better option.

Linear Fusion Rifles in PVE: DPS

DPS is important for PVE, because the higher the DPS, the more damage you can deal to a Boss or Major.

But before we look into damage numbers and ease of use (two of the most important factors to take into account in PVE), we need to be clear about the role Linear Fusion Rifles are supposed to fill. According to Bungie, these are the different roles for Heavy weapons:

Role Explanation Target Weapon types
Add Clear Clearing weaker enemies faster than you could with a primary ammo weapon. For most content, primaries do the add clear job perfectly well, so this is most useful in high difficulty PvE. Main: Machine Guns, Grenade Launchers, Swords

Secondary: Rocket Launchers

Single Target Damage Burning down a boss. Main: Linear Fusion Rifles, Exotic Snipers, Swords

Secondary: Grenade Launchers, Machine Guns

Burst Damage Burning down a champion quickly, or for bosses with multiple damage phases, clearing a phase quickly. Main: Rocket Launchers

Secondary: Linear Fusion Rifles

Based on that, when using a Linear Fusion, you’re looking to dish sustained damage to a single target, be it a Boss or a Major in endgame content.

And by the way, as Linear Fusions are all about hitting precision hits to take advantage of that sweet critical hit multiplier, you’ll want to use it against an enemy that has a reasonably easy-to-hit crit spot.

This DPS chart includes the DPS numbers for every weapon in Destiny 2. When looking at Linear Fusion Rifles, they definitely benefited from the several buffs they have recently received:

-Weapon TypeArchetypeAverage DPSBurst DPSTotal DamageSpecs---Best in ClassChange?Ammo
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

21,79925,351396,792With CatalystDestiny 2 Sleeper Simulant artSleeper SimulantBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RifleAggressive21,72225,415381,218-Stormchaser Destiny 2 artStormchaserNewHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

15,18217,844389,320With Marksman SightsDestiny 2 The Queenbreaker artThe QueenbreakerBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion RiflePrecision14,97917,844356,880-Reed's Regret Destiny 2 artReed's RegretBuffedHeavy
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

11,32513,412287,500-Destiny 2 Arbalest artArbalestSameSpecial
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2Linear Fusion Rifle

Exotic

11,32513,412287,500-Lorentz Driver Destiny 2 artLorentz DriverSameSpecial

Endgame content

Clearly, Linear Fusions are competent PVE weapons. And that includes casual and endgame content. You need to keep in mind, though, that Linear Fusions are all about landing your crits. Unlike Rocket launchers or Swords that can’t deal precision damage, Linear Fusions need to land virtually 100% precision shots in order to be competitive.

In conclusion, Linear Fusions are more demanding and unforgiving than other weapon types, but if you can land your crits, you will be rewarded.

Destiny 2 Linear Fusion Rifles: Are they Meta?

So how do Linear Fusion Rifles stack against the competition? Because in the end, they’re not really competing against other Linear Fusions, they’re competing against the top Power weapons in the entire game.

The current Heavy weapons Meta for PVE

So how good are Linear Fusion rifles now? This table summarizes how the several Heavy weapon types rank against each other in PVE:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
S › Best
Best

S

-Main roles: Add Clear & Single Target damage (i.e. Boss damage).

Current State: Swords are incredibly strong right now. Several buffs and a huge rework during Season of the Worthy made them much more usable. They are now safer to use, have a better ammo economy, and can deal much more damage.

Swords are as high risk / high reward as it gets. If used right, a top-tier sword can basically delete any enemy, even on higher difficulties. No wonder The Lament and Falling Guillotine are still some of the best Power weapons available.
PVE Heavies
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
A › Strong
Strong

A

Main role: Burst Damage (Secondary role: Add Clear)

Rocket launchers went through a rough patch that relegated to the least preferred Heavy weapon in the entire game.

Bungie has been hard at work at making them relevant again, and after two noticeable buffs, Rocket launchers are making a huge comeback. With great DPS potential and bigger magazines, they are among the best tools at your disposal, no matter the content.
PVE Heavies
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
A › Strong
Strong

A

Main role: Single Target damage (Secondary role: Burst Damage)

Current State: Linear fusion rifles have been in the middle of an identity crisis for a while, but that should finally change this season. With increased damage to critical hits, Linear Fusions are now much more lethal and rewarding, provided you can hit your shots.

It's still too early to tell how meta they can become, but keep an eye on Sleeper Simulant, or a Threaded Needle with Vorpal Weapon. These will be among your top DPS options this season.
PVE Heavies
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
B › Average
Average

B

Trend downMain role: Add Clear

Current State: Machine guns are not what they used to be, not for PVE at least. While a god-rolled Commemoration or a Thunderlord will definitely get the job done at clearing ads, they remain the shadow of their former selves.

Bungie itself has confirmed they need to be fine-tuned, but that could take a while... To be fair, they still have their place and have proven to be excellent to deal with elemental shields in Grandmaster Nightfall: The Ordeals.
PVE Heavies
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
B › Average
Average

B

Trend upMain role: Add Clear (Secondary role: Single Target Damage).

Current State: Grenade launchers went from the indisputable PVE choice to just an average, situational weapon type, in a matter of months.

To be fair, they remain viable, especially when getting too close to the enemy is impossible. Otherwise, they have been replaced by Swords as the go-to damage-dealing Heavy weapon type in the game.
PVE Heavies
Sniper rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Exotic Sniper Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Trend upMain role: Single Target damage

Current State: Finally, we have Exotic Sniper rifles, a very niche choice represented by only 2 weapons, D.A.R.C.I and Whisper of the Worm.

Heavy Exotic Snipers are far from being meta right now. D.A.R.C.I is one of the most underwhelming Exoticsin the entire game, while Whisper of the Warm is the shadow of its former self due to the blanket nerf all snipers received a few seasons ago.
PVE Heavies

The current Meta for PVP

What about PVP? This table summarizes how they rank against each other in PVP:

Weapon TypeRankTierTrendRole ❘ Current StateCategory
Rocket launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Rocket Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

-► Rocket Launchers remain a staple in many players' loadouts. They can provide high-range one-shot kills, and can also do AoE damage which can potentially allow you to clear teams if they are close enough together.

► Best Archetype: Precision (15 RPM) - Example: Gjallarhorn
PVP Heavies
Machine gun weapon type Destiny 2
Machine Guns
A › Strong
Strong

A

-► Machine Guns are still an incredible option for Control as they can provide many kills. However, they do require multiple shots to kill which can lead to you potentially being Sniped or peak-shot by a Primary Weapon.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (450 RPM) - Example: Corrective Measure
PVP Heavies
Grenade launcher weapon type Destiny 2
Grenade Launchers
S › Best
Best

S

Trend up► Heavy Grenade Launchers are an incredible option for those who are confident in landing their direct hits. They can functionally serve as a Rocket Launcher, but instead of coming with only a single shot, Grenade Launchers can bring 3, which, of course, means more potential kills.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive (120 RPM) - Example: Memory Interdict
PVP Heavies
Sword weapon type Destiny 2
Swords
C › Weak
Weak

C

-► Swords are perhaps the most fun option (especially with Eager Edge), however, they are too inconsistent to warrant any competitive use. Furthermore, benefitting from third-person view is no longer possible without Heavy ammo, making the only niche usage swords had now redundant.

► Best Archetype: Adaptive/Lightweight- Examples: Half-Truths/Quickfang
PVP Heavies
Linear fusion rifle weapon type Destiny 2
Linear Fusion Rifles
C › Weak
Weak

C

Linear fusion rifles are in the middle of an identity crisis. They are stronger than sniper rifles and have more aim assistance, but they still require Heavy ammo and a headshot to one-shot an enemy.

On top of that, they also have a charge time to take into account. Compared to a sniper rifle that fires immediately and only uses Special ammo, Linear Fusion rifles make little sense for the Crucible. In PVP, you want a Heavy weapon that can either easily down several guardians or guarantee a kill in a high-stakes match. It isn't impossible to do with a linear fusion rifle, but other weapon types can accomplish that more easily.
PVP Heavies

Your turn

You now know everything there is to know about Linear Fusions in Destiny 2, whether that is for PVP or PVE content.

Latest changes made to this guide

Things change fast in Destiny 2, especially when a new Season or Expansion launches. For that reason, this post will be updated at least once per season.

With the release of Season of the Lost (Season 15) and Bungie’s 30th Anniversary event, the following weapons were added:

  • Lorentz Driver

Stay tuned and don’t forget to bookmark this page for next season!

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